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Working As A Technical Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Aide Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become A Technical Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Technical Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

50.9%

Male

47.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

77.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.0%

French

8.6%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Mandarin

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Hindi

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Polish

2.5%

Swedish

1.2%

Telugu

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Turkish

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Bengali

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%
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Technical Aide Education

Schools

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

18.1%

University of Phoenix

11.0%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

7.7%

Michigan State University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

The Community College of Baltimore County

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

4.4%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Community College of Rhode Island

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Bristol Community College

3.3%

Montgomery County Community College

3.3%

George Mason University

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.3%

Quinnipiac University

3.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.0%

Medical Technician

11.1%

Computer Science

8.0%

Nursing

6.3%

Biology

5.8%

Psychology

5.7%

Mechanical Engineering

4.9%

Chemistry

4.4%

Medical Assisting Services

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Military Technology

2.9%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

2.7%

General Studies

2.6%

Management

2.6%

English

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

24.5%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

11.7%

Certificate

6.1%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Technical Aide

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Top Technical Aide Skills

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Radiologic Technologist
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up laboratory equipment and instrumentation required for research or process control.
  • Performed diagnostic and fluoroscopic procedures under the indirect supervision of registered radiologic technologists.
  • Manage databases of computer hardware.
  • Managed multiple tasks simultaneously, providing patient care and assisting with procedures.
  • Handle any basic technical issues that may occur in the building.

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